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Posted in CPR News
Wednesday December 5, 2012

Trained airport officials saved a man who suffered from sudden cardiac arrest at the T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. 49-year-old Frederick Snedecor of Cocoa Beach, Florida was found unconscious in a wheelchair by a Southwest Airlines skycap, who immediately notified Officer Michael Mefford, of the airport's police force. Mefford and a passerby immediately began CPR on Snedecor while Mefford radioed for the automated external defibrillator (AED) to be brought to the location. Once the AED was in position and the pads were placed on Snedecor's chest, Mefford shocked Snedecor twice and he then began breathing on his own. According to the Providence Journal, this was the first time the airport's AED saved a life, and the fourth time that someone was saved by an AED in the state of Rhode Island.

Snedecor was taken to a local hospital where he became conscious and alert. He is alive today thanks to the AED and the officer who used the device.